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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • March 02, 2011 4:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced today Meagan Lawton, of Windsor, Ohio, as the secondary category winner, and Martine Bishop, of Lutz, Florida, as the postsecondary winner, of the Cliff Weiss Essay contest. This year’s topic was “What does Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow mean to you?” ACTE received 275 entries, and each of the winners will receive an award of $250. The essays will be published on ACTE’s Web site and an announcement published in the May issue of Techniques magazine.

    Lawton is a student at Grand Valley High School, located in Orwell, Ohio. In her essay, she discusses the role career and technical education (CTE) played in helping shape her career choice. After taking Interactive Multimedia class, she was able to express her creative abilities as well as gain experience in learning how to produce videos and broadcasts through hands-on opportunities, including the schools’ daily news broadcast, live productions and film projects. With her CTE courses, she is eligible to receive 13 college credits from Lakeland Community College, and she is better prepared for college and pursuing a career in the film and television industry. 

  • March 01, 2011 1:01 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Ohio ACTE President Jon Quatman, Vice President of Performance and Outcomes

    Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, tesitifed in the Senate Education COmmittee on March 1 on behalf of Career-Technical and Adult Education.  His testimony highlighted the events held in February to commemmorate Career-Technical Education Month and the good work being done in Career-Techncial Education throughout the year.



  • March 01, 2011 12:43 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Jim Petro, a  former Ohio attorney general and state auditor, will serve as the next chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.  He replaces departing Chancellor Eric Fingerhut effective March 14.

    FromBrooklyn, Ohio, he  holds degrees from Denison University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He served as state auditor from 1995-2002, and as attorney general from 2003-2006.

    For more informaiton,click here.

  • February 25, 2011 1:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE's policy is to comment on legislative and other issues that directely impact career-technical and adult education.  The organization will not take a position on legislation such as SB 5 that affects all Ohio  educators.   Our legislative focus is career-techncial and adult education and in order to make a positive impact in that area, Ohio ACTE must remain focused on advocating specifically for CTAE.  Ohio ACTE membership includes school board members, administrators, teachers and all career-technical eductors in high schools and career centers and Ohio ACTE leadership is committed to providing representation for all  CTAE professionals.

    Ohio ACTE's current legislative priorities are:

    1. Preserve “weighted-funding” for career and technical education planning districts in Ohio’s school funding formula.  The formula must continue to recognize the increased costs of equipment and supplies required to train Ohioans for the demands of business and industry.

    2. Ensure continued funding for adult workforce education at the Ohio Board of Regents for adult workforce development.

    3. Modernize the career and technical education system in Ohio.

  • February 08, 2011 10:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor John Kasich appointed Robert Sommers, former CEO of Butler Tech, director of the Governor's Office of 21st Century Education.  In this position, he will be Gov. Kasich's chief education adviser and serve on the Governor's cabinet, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

    Sommers served as Ohio ACTE President-Elect and most recently was CEO of Cornerstone Charter Schools in Detroit.

    Read the Columbus Dispatch article.

  • February 02, 2011 12:06 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    As part of Ohio ACTE’s ongoing advocacy efforts, we have developed the CTE Champions program.  This is an effort designed to involve students, parents, business partners and anyone who supports CTE in our advocacy efforts.  Our best advocates are students, parents, alumni and others who have benefitted from CTE and have a positive story to share. Please join “CTE Champions”  on Facebook  …and becoem a "Friend" of CTE.

    ALSO, encourage your students, alumni and others to share their success stories…in their own words.  These stories will be used to share with our legislators and lawmakers the value of CTE in Ohio to students and Ohio’s economy.  

  • February 01, 2011 12:54 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Community College and Career Training Grant Application Now Available 

    On January 20, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the availability of applications under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. Applications are due on April 21. Adult Career Centers are eligible to apply for this grant.

    The Department of Labor will award $2 billion in grants over the next four years ($500 million per year) to eligible institutions, which include institutions of higher education as defined in Section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002) that offer programs that can be completed in two years or less. These institutions include community and technical colleges, proprietary institutions and postsecondary vocational institutions.

    Grants must be used by institutions "to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations."

    Individual grants will range from $2.5 million to $5 million for single institutions, and $2.5 million to $20 million for consortium applications. Each state is guaranteed to have winners that receive at least $2.5 million each year.

    When asked what the program would achieve, Secretary Solis answered, "It's simple. We're looking to help American workers gain the skills and knowledge they need to compete for good jobs. The program also underscores President Obama's commitment to help every American have at least one year of postsecondary education, and it furthers his efforts to ensure that by 2020 the United States -- once again -- has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world."

    More details are available on a Conference Call Audio, in the Federal Register, and in the Department of Labor's "Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants."
  • January 31, 2011 5:03 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On the evening of Feb. 23, the two groups will conduct video training delivered live to your school if you wish to participate and have videoconferencing equipment. Thanks to technology, the program’s speakers will be coming to your schools from career-tech centers across Ohio.


    OSBA and OACTE are providing this professional development at no cost as a member service.


    The initial concept behind this convenient training program is to allow you to host your newly appointed career-tech board members at your building and have you join in the program so you will know just what the board members are learning. This will complement your own board orientation efforts.

    The goal is to help your new leaders become better career-tech board members quicker.


    We are expanding the invitation for this teleworkshop to all Ohio K-12 board members who might be interested in learning more about career-technical education (CTE). This will allow other school board members to gain a better understanding of the differences in governing CTE and K-12 school districts. It also would provide you with an additional opportunity to showcase your programs to the rest of your area school board members and develop relationships with those board members you do not see regularly.

    OSBA will send e-mails to all superintendents, treasurers and board members announcing this innovative training. We will be telling people to contact you to register. Once the event has concluded, if you send OSBA a list of those who completed the session, they will receive credit for the OSBA Award of Achievement.


    The program features experienced and respected superintendents and treasurer, and veteran dual board members.

    Click here for agenda and registration information.

  • January 22, 2011 8:48 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    While biomedial and other high-tech careers will be in demand, growth as well as a retiring workforce, is expected to require more middle-skill workers in the future according to Government statistics. 

    Click here to read the entire article.

  • December 16, 2010 9:22 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Earlier this afternoon, the House cleared S. 3447, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, by a vote of 409-3. Since the Senate had approved the bill by unanimous consent on Monday, it now goes to the president to be signed into law. Passage of the legislation is a late victory for CTE advocates just prior to the end of the 111th congressional session.

    This bill expands institutional eligibility for students using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to include non-degree granting institutions, such as area CTE centers, as well as apprenticeship programs. This change will give veterans the opportunity to use their tuition benefits at the full range of high-quality CTE providers around the country, and to have access to both the housing allowance and book stipend that is provided under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The new institutional eligibility provisions will go into effect on October 1, 2011, in order to give program administrators time to prepare.

    ACTE worked very closely with Congress on these amendments and has been advocating for this bill throughout the year. Our activities have included direct communication with key Members of Congress working on this issue, as well as numerous letters and e-mails in support of the bill. We will continue to follow the implementation of the legislation to ensure that appropriate steps are taken leading up to enactment date and that the interests of all CTE programs are represented.

    We would like to thank ACTE’s Educational Institution Members and others who were instrumental in advocating for passage of this legislation. Also, please be sure to thank your Members of Congress for this important action

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